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Orioles CEO John Angelos said Monday the team will remain in Baltimore — and that he and his parents have never contemplated otherwise.

Angelos’ comments — released by the team — came days after he was sued by his brother Lou Angelos. Lou claimed in last week’s lawsuit that John has seized control of the Orioles at his expense, and in defiance of their father Peter’s wishes.

“John intends to maintain absolute control over the Orioles — to manage, to sell or, if he chooses, to move to Tennessee (where he has a home and where his wife’s career is headquartered) — without having to answer to anyone,” the lawsuit said.

The suit did not elaborate on how likely it was that the team might actually move, and John Angelos sought to reassure fans in his statement Monday.

“As I have said before, as long as Fort McHenry is standing watch over the Inner Harbor, the Orioles will remain in Baltimore,” he said. “My mother was born and raised in northeast Baltimore, attended city public schools at Eastern High School and has worked with my father their entire lives to help the city, including by restoring the club to local ownership and preventing its relocation. For them, as for me, the Orioles will forever play at Oriole Park, and at no time ever have we contemplated anything different.”

Peter Angelos became the Orioles’ owner in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he turns 93 next month.

San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson called out the Cleveland GuardiansBaltimore Orioles, and Pittsburgh Pirates for not spending enough money.

“Embarrassed for your fan base … be better. If you can’t, sell your team to somebody that wants to show the fan base and baseball they’re at least trying to compete. Sorry, unacceptable,” Pederson wrote Wednesday on Twitter.

Cleveland’s payroll for its 40-man roster currently sits at $69.2 million, Baltimore is at $61.6 million, and Pittsburgh is at $57 million, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. The three clubs rank 27th, 29th, and 30th overall, respectively. In comparison, the Los Angeles Dodgers ($292.3 million), New York Mets ($279.6 million), and New York Yankees ($252.7 million) are MLB’s three biggest spenders heading into the 2022 season.

The Pirates spent $12 million on free agents this offseason, the Orioles dished out $7.9 million, and the Guardians dropped $900,000. Meanwhile, the Oakland Athletics didn’t spend anything, according to Spotrac.

Cedric Mullins’ outstanding 2021 statistics for the Baltimore Orioles appear even more impressive after learning of the compounding offseason surgery had to overcome.

Mullins underwent intestinal surgery in November 2020 after a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. He was diagnosed during the season and waited until it ended before having the surgery.

“It was a shock for me to have to go through that,” Mullins said. “My main concern was being ready for the season and not missing any time and luckily I was able to do that and build my body back up through the season.”

In 2021, Mullins became the first player in Orioles history to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season. He was also the starting center fielder for the American League in the All-Star Game and hit .291 batting left-handed exclusively after abandoning switch-hitting.

Mullins shared the news of his Crohn’s diagnosis with Baltimore’s front office and a few close friends, including first baseman/designated hitter Trey Mancini, who had missed the 2020 season after colon cancer surgery and undergoing chemotherapy.

Mancini’s recovery was the big story in Orioles’ camp last year, and Mullins chose not to reveal his illness to allow Mancini to share his story.

“My situation wasn’t life or death,” Mullins said. “It was something I knew I was going to be able to come back from, and Trey was coming back from his chemotherapy, and for me, all the support needed to go to him. For him to do what he did, come back and play a full season, regardless of how he tired he was. He showed up every single day and performed really well. I thought it was important for him to get that recognition.

“His accomplishment certainly outweighs mine.”

Mullins texted Mancini to tell him of his surgery and ask for his advice.

“The surgery was very similar, and he asked about coming back, and what did I do to ramp up?” Mancini said. “Obviously, it was a little bit of a different situation because I had chemo following my surgery. You need to take a lot of time after that.

“That’s a huge shock to the body. I told him you have a lot of time to catch up. Don’t rush into anything. You’ve got a lot of time to get back and be yourself. You saw what he did. He did just fine. I think he ramped up the proper amount, and he handled it incredibly well, I think.”

During the shortened 2020 season, Mullins played regularly for the first time, but his symptoms bothered him.

“I’d have occasional cramping,” Mullins said. “In terms of full-blown pain, I didn’t really hit that mark.”

During the surgery, which he detailed in a February video, 10 to 15 centimeters of intestine were removed. He lost 20 pounds. Once he rehabilitated, Mullins felt several positive reactions.

“I think my recovery in between games was a lot better, able to get better sleep, able to eat better,” Mullins said. “I think that was the biggest thing, feeling natural energy coming back without having to force it.”

Manager Brandon Hyde knew about Mullins’ issues, and believes it makes his season even more impressive.

“He never let it bother him one time,” Hyde said. “He never talked about it. He’s such a positive guy.”

Notes: The Orioles signed INF Chris Owings to a minor league contract. …C Adley Rutschman is out for a few days with a sore right elbow. …RHP Isaac Mattson will be out for about a month with a sore right shoulder.

Roland Hemond, whose 70-year career in baseball included three Executive of the Year awards as general manager of the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles, died Sunday night. He was 92.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, with whom he spent 19 seasons, announced Hemond’s death Monday.

“He passed peacefully in his son Jay’s arms,” Hemond’s family said in a statement released by the Diamondbacks. “The Hemond family shared many laughs with him until the end, and we appreciate the love and support of all his baseball family.”

Hemond was Chicago’s GM from 1970-85 and served in the same role for Baltimore from 1988-95. He won the Sporting News MLB Executive of the Year award in 1972, and then again in 1983 when the White Sox won the AL West.

His third Executive of the Year honor came in 1989, when the Orioles nearly won the AL East after losing 107 games the previous season.

Hemond is also considered the architect of the Arizona Fall League, and he helped found the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation to provide assistance to longtime scouts needing special support. In 2011, he received the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors to someone whose efforts enhanced baseball’s positive impact on society.

“With a perpetual twinkle in his eye, Roland had a love for the game that was fueled by a respect and admiration for all who played it,” said Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the Hall. “He worked tirelessly to help baseball family members in need and never wavered in his commitment to serve. We extend our condolences to his wife, Margo, and the entire Hemond family.”

Born Oct. 26, 1929 in Central Falls, Rhode Island, Hemond was the assistant scouting director for the Milwaukee Braves during the 1950s. Hemond helped assemble the Milwaukee team that won the World Series in 1957, and he became scouting director for the Los Angeles Angels when they began playing in 1961.

He joined the White Sox in 1970.

“I believe it’s shared by everyone in the baseball world, starting with his time with the Milwaukee Braves, that Roland Hemond touched and influenced more people than any other person in a really positive way,” said Chicago manager Tony La Russa, who also managed the White Sox during Hemond’s tenure as GM. “For years and years, he’s been the most beloved figure in the game. He treated everyone with kindness and respect and they returned it.”

In a 1975 stunt at the winter meetings, Hemond and White Sox owner Bill Veeck set up a table in the lobby of a Florida hotel with an “Open for Business Anytime” sign. They made four trades in an hour.

Veeck had Chicago’s publicity director call periodically, and Hemond would pretend he was answering calls from other teams.

“People would look around laughing, saying, Jesus, this looks like it’s working ’cause they’re getting phone calls,” Hemond recalled decades later. “I don’t think you could re-enact it today.”

Hemond was senior executive vice president of baseball operations for the Diamondbacks from 1996-2000. Then he went back to the White Sox as an adviser before returning to the Diamondbacks as a special assistant from 2007-20.

“Roland Hemond was one of the most respected executives that our game has ever known,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “He mentored countless people in our sport and found ways to make our game stronger. Roland Hemond was a great gentleman whose contributions to our national pastime will never be forgotten.”

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis retired Thursday, roughly three months after the former All-Star slugger had his hip surgically repaired.

Davis led MLB in home runs in 2013 and 2015, though his production plummeted shortly after he signed a franchise record seven-year, $161-million contract in 2016.

“After an extended time dealing with my injury and recent hip surgery, I informed the Orioles about my decision to retire effective today,” he said in a statement.

“I want to thank the Orioles partnership group, led by the Angelos family, the Orioles organization, my teammates and coaches, the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, with whom I will continue to be involved following my retirement, and, of course, Birdland. Thank you for all the many memories that I will cherish forever.”

Davis debuted with the Texas Rangers in 2008 but was eventually traded to the Orioles along with pitcher Tommy Hunter for reliever Koji Uehara. He quickly became one of the top power hitters in the majors, blasting 53 homers in 2013 and 47 dingers in 2015.

But from 2017-19, he slashed a measly .188/.276/.350 while averaging 18 home runs per season. He appeared in only 16 games in 2020, struggling mightily before a knee injury put him on the shelf.

The 35-year-old began the 2021 campaign on the injured list with a back strain. He underwent hip surgery without playing a game.

The Orioles will still pay Davis the $17 million he’s due in 2022 but will spread the payments out over several years rather than send him a lump sum, reports Dan Connolly of The Athletic.

The Cleveland Indians dealt right-hander Adam Plutko to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations, the Orioles announced Saturday.

Plutko appeared in 50 games (36 starts) for the Indians between 2016-20. He owns a career 5.05 ERA with 156 strikeouts in 217 1/3 innings.

The 29-year-old projects to be in Baltimore’s starting rotation when Opening Day rolls around on April 1.

The Orioles designated infielder Yolmer Sanchez for assignment to make room for Plutko on the active major-league roster.

Former Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is retiring from baseball, he told The Athletic’s Dan Connolly and David O’Brien.

The 37-year-old said he made the decision to retire shortly after the Braves were eliminated from the 2020 postseason and decided not to pursue any offseason playing possibilities, even though teams had interest.

“I just think it’s my time,” Markakis said. “My No. 1 decision and my main focus on this is obviously my kids and my family. I’ve been fortunate enough to do this for a very long time, and not many people get to do what I’ve gone through. I’m thankful for every second and every minute.”

Markakis said he plans to be a stay-at-home dad to his three sons.

The Georgia native was a model of consistency throughout his 15-year career, playing in at least 147 games in 12 seasons. He’s eighth all time in games played by a right fielder and retires with a .288 career average and three Gold Gloves.

Markakis never won a World Series. The closest he came was last season when the Braves lost the National League Championship Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.

“I chased it for 15 years. And I understand not everybody’s gonna get the opportunity to hold that trophy,” Markakis said. “That’s life. Life goes on. And I tried and I gave my best effort for 15 years. That’s all I can really do.”

The Baltimore Orioles are trading right-hander Alex Cobb to the Los Angeles Angels, reports Dan Connolly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Second baseman Jahmai Jones will head to the Orioles in the trade, which is expected to see Baltimore pay more than half of Cobb’s $15-million salary for 2021, Rosenthal adds.

Once the trade goes through, Cobb will reunite with Joe Maddon, who managed him from 2011-14 with the Tampa Bay Rays. He’ll slot into the rotation alongside former Orioles teammate Dylan Bundy, whom the Angels acquired from Baltimore last offseason.

Angels’ starting options without Cobb – 2020 stats

Dylan Bundy65.23.292.951.04
Andrew Heaney66.24.463.791.23
Jose Quintana104.502.991.30
Griffin Canning56.13.994.331.37
Jaime Barria32.13.623.651.11

Cobb, who authored a 54.5 groundball percentage last season, should fit in nicely with the Angels’ solid infield defense, which includes Anthony Rendon at third base, Jose Iglesias at shortstop, and David Fletcher at second.

General manager Perry Minasian has been busy since joining Los Angeles in November. Minasian has spent a combined $10.625 million to sign free agents Jose QuintanaKurt Suzuki, and Alex Claudio while also absorbing salary in trades for Jose Iglesias and Raisel Iglesias.

Cobb is in the last season of a four-year contract he signed with the Orioles prior to the 2018 campaign.

Meanwhile, Jones is the Angels’ No. 7 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The 23-year-old infielder made his MLB debut for the Angels in 2020, hitting .429 in seven at-bats.

During the 2019 minor-league campaign, the 2015 second-round pick hit .234/.308/.324 with 22 doubles and 50 RBIs in 130 games.

Former Colorado Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez has retired after 12 MLB seasons.

In 2010, Jimenez threw the first, and only, no-hitter in Rockies franchise history. He struck out seven and walked six in a 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on April 17.

Jimenez earned his lone All-Star appearance that year as he went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 214 strikeouts in 221 2/3 innings. He finished third in Cy Young voting behind Roy Halladay and Adam Wainwright.

The following season, Jimenez was dealt to the Cleveland Indians at the trade deadline. He spent parts of three seasons in Cleveland before signing as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 2014 campaign.

Jimenez hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017. He signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies in February before the team cut him in July, ultimately ending his comeback bid.

The 36-year-old struggled in his latter seasons, but he successfully bucked the trend of pitchers flailing for the Rockies. Over his five-plus seasons in Denver, Jimenez authored a 56-45 record with a 3.66 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, and he owns a career ERA of 3.67 at hitter-friendly Coors Field.


The Baltimore Orioles traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday for two players to be named later, the Braves announced.

Atlanta designated infielder Matt Adams for assignment to make room for Milone on the active roster.

Milone, 33, is 1-4 with a 3.99 ERA and 3.85 FIP in six starts for Baltimore.

The veteran southpaw was scheduled to start Monday for the Orioles. Instead, he’ll pitch for the Braves on Monday after undergoing intake testing, Atlanta general manager Alex Anthopoulos said, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz.

Atlanta’s rotation has struggled to accumulate innings without Mike Soroka (Achilles), Cole Hamels (triceps), and Felix Hernandez (opt out). Braves starters are averaging 4 2/3 innings per start so far this season.

2018 All-Star Mike Foltynewicz was also outrighted to the team’s alternate training site at the end of July after making one poor start.